The talk will be of advantages - perceived or otherwise - when neighboring rivals Nitro and Poca lock up in a prep football opener on Friday at Nitro.
The host Wildcats, in fact, have a lot of attention surrounding their first two games because they're paired with two Putnam County squads (Poca, Hurricane).
Putnam County students didn't report until Aug. 22, which was nearly two full weeks after Kanawha students came back for classes on Aug. 9, meaning Kanawha teams had almost no time for two-a-day workouts that have become a teaching staple for coaches in the preseason. Workouts began on Aug. 5.
Still, Nitro coach Derek Midkiff has brushed off speculation that his team will be at a competitive disadvantage for its first two games.
"I don't know if it gives them an advantage or not,'' Midkiff said of facing the Dots this week. "Obviously, they had more opportunity to practice than us. But it's not an excuse we're going to use or the kids are going to use. It is what it is.
"With student-athletes, you have to be a student first and an athlete second. Whatever Kanawha County wanted to do to make them better students, we're going to live with and coach them up the best we can, and be the best team we're able to.''
Poca coach Bob Lemley acknowledges the extra free time his squad had to develop, but said some of that bonus was washed away by extraordinarily heavy rains in August.
"It's been so unusual this year with the rain,'' Lemley said. "We did about normal [workouts] the first week, but since then the field we practice on has been just soaked like a swamp. We didn't get on the main field. It's soft, so we stayed off that.
"After the first week, we just started practicing in the evening ourselves, like we would have after school, and go longer hours to get the normal amount of hours in. We had to quit practicing for a few days in the morning because of the weather. We needed to have some sunshine hit the field.
"I think teams might have a little advantage if they went the full two weeks starting in the morning, but overall I don't think it makes much of a difference after a couple of weeks.''
Another advantage Poca was thought to hold was the return of quarterback Jake Payne, a run-pass threat who would have been a third-year starter. However, Payne suffered an injury toward the end of baseball season and opted not to come out for football.
That means the Dots' edge at quarterback was negated, since they're now going with Justin Stewart, a junior who didn't play football last year and a player who has never lined up at quarterback. Nitro's new signal caller is Tyler Barton, a baseball and basketball athlete who didn't play football the last two seasons.
That could mean each team will try to exploit the new man under center on Friday, trying to disrupt the offense by applying all the pressure they can to the quarterbacks.
Midkiff said Nitro doesn't look at the situation that way.